''Doctor Dolittle'' is a 1967 film musical based on the Literature/DoctorDolittle books by Creator/HughLofting. It starred Creator/RexHarrison in the title role and Anthony Newley as his sidekick Matthew Mugg. Script, songs and score were written by Music/LeslieBricusse.

The film had a TroubledProduction, with hundreds of animals to wrangle, location shooting troubles, and Harrison throwing his weight around. Producer Arthur P. Jacobs even had a heart attack during production (but was happy to get another pet project of his, ''PlanetOfTheApes'', greenlit by the studio). It was a critical and popular flop, but managed to score two {{Academy Award}}s, for Original Song ("Talk to the Animals") and Special Effects.

Many years later, the film received a ScreenToStageAdaptation.

(For the EddieMurphy films, see ''Film/DrDolittle''.)

!!This film provides examples of:

* AHeadAtEachEnd: The Pushmi-Pullyu, a llama-like creature with two front halves joined at the waist.
* AbsentMindedProfessor: the Doctor to a certain extent, mainly in terms of money.
* AnimalStereotypes: Subverted in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-V7oua1EVs Like Animals]]".
* CoolBoat: (after a fashion) The Great Pink Sea Snail.
* DecisionDarts: How they choose to visit the floating island. The idea is to open an atlas to a random page, close your eyes, and then jab a pin randomly.
* EverythingsBetterWithLlamas: The Pushmi-Pullyu. (In the original books, it's more like a gazelle.)
* GiantFlyer: The giant lunar moth.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The Doctor disguises a seal as an old woman in order to smuggle her away from a circus. It works so well that when he throws her into the ocean (so she can go home to see her husband) he gets arrested and charged with murder!
* HypocriticalHumor: During "The Reluctant Vegetarian," we see Matthew Mugg agreeing that "meat is very unhealthy for you"--while chowing down on sausage.
** Also: "I weren't late for my fox hunt, I'd report you for cruelty to animals."
* IAmSong: "The Reluctant Vegetarian", in which he explains how his life has changed since he started talking with animals.
* ImprobableFoodBudget: He gets minimal salary, either in money or favors, yet he manages to feed hundreds of animals.
* InDefenceOfStoryTelling: Matthew sings ''two'' songs celebrating the Doctor's [[InformedAttribute imagination]].
* IWantSong: "Talk to the Animals"
* KindlyVet: Naturally. Being able to talk with his patients helps even more.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Doctor Dolittle can speak with animals and relates well to them, but aside from a few close friends humans are really hard for him to deal with.
* PerpetualPoverty: The Doctor spends all his money looking after animals.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Doctor Dolittle learns how to speak with the animals from his talking parrot. A Translation Convention is not used; conversations are shown taking place in gestures and animal noises, with Dolittle translating the important parts into English for the benefit of his human companions.
* TravelingLandmass: Seastar Island.
* WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt:
-->'''Matt''': I told you ''Flounder'' was no name for a boat!\\
'''Dolittle''': Nonsense. Flounders have survived for millions of years.\\
'''Matt''': Yes, ''under'' the water!